The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).

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It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days in an apartment with a kitchenette can bring it out in me. Sometimes it finds me scrubbing laundry by hand in hotel room sinks as the hands on the clock reach up towards midnight. Other times it results in an over-stocked fridge with more fresh […]

From Chaos to Calm: Finding a Pre-Dinner Routine That Works for Your Family

From Chaos to Calm: Finding a Pre-Dinner Routine That Works for Your Family

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As we head into fall, one of the things that might need some attention and re-working after a more relaxed summer is your pre-dinner and dinner prep routine. This can be a time of day where it’s hard to find a routine because the kids are tired, hungry, stir-crazy from being indoors when the weather’s bad, whiny, clingy and the list goes on. But, having a routine or rhythm in place can really help to make this time more peaceful […]

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life (plus 100 free copies!)

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I’m the queen of making lofty goals that never come to fruition. Being a particularly ambitious and driven person, I tend to shoot for the starts. I write up fancy plans, reorganize my schedule, print up pretty calendars and goal charts and dive right in. None of this is bad; in fact, being goal oriented and aiming high is a good thing! The problem is that my exuberance often exceeds my capability to follow through. Time and again, my lofty plans fall flat. Over the […]

Day in the Life: Courtney (Homeschool Mom of a Baby, 2, 4, 5, 11 and 14 Year Old)

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  Courtney has bravely taken on this very first post in our Day in the Life series, where each writer, including myself, will be sharing a typical day in our home throughout the month. Our routines and schedules, our goals, our joys, our challenges, our disruptions… real days in all their very real glory. As kids head back to the books (whether at home or at school), September  the perfect time to consider our daily and weekly routines and hopefully you’ll find encouragement and inspiration […]

Seven Strategies for Having More Productive Days

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  Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer Ever wake up in the morning overwhelmed with all that needs to get done that day?  You want to pull those covers over your head and pretend those loads of laundry, that dirty kitchen, and those hungry children aren’t waiting for you.  I’ve been there too many times to count. Other mornings I’ve had the experience of waking up rested and peace-filled, to a quiet house, a clean kitchen, and a manageable routine awaiting my oversight.  What makes […]

Seven Strategies for Home Schooling Moms

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Guest Writer When my oldest child was three years old, I began one of the most exciting and stretching challenges of my life.  I started home schooling.  Fifteen years later, I am teaching children in the 9th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st grades along with two toddlers.  And that 3 year old?  He’s almost 18 and will be graduating in the spring…from college! I’ve fumbled my way along over the years…trying all kinds of different curriculum, styles, schedules, etc., and I’ve […]

Four Steps to a More Peaceful Home

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A peaceful home is something many of us long for. A place where relationships are healthy and spirits are happy, where we can rest our weary bones and just be ourselves. There’s no denying that creating a peaceful home takes work. The road to peace is not smooth or easy, but it’s worthy! I have found the following four steps to lay the foundation for a calm and peaceful home: Create a flexible routine (with plenty of margin) When followed consistently, a routine brings peace […]

How a Visual Schedule is Bringing Order to Our Home

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Inspired by Simple Homeschool’s article on Creating a Visual Schedule for Kids, I realized that this was exactly what our home needed to bring some much-desired peace and order to our days. Too many times each day, I was being asked “when are we eating lunch?” or “why can’t I watch a movie right now?” or “why do I have to do my math before I play outside?”. I was weary of the questions, and I could tell that my kids needed some more structure […]